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What is STEAM?

posted Nov 12, 2014, 4:19 PM by Colin Hanel   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 11:27 AM by Tom Borer ]

Many of you have heard of the the acronym STEM, which stands for the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math into the classroom curriculum. The White House has been making a strong push toward the STEM movement. In 2010, President Obama said, “leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today -- especially in science, technology, engineering and math."


But how many of you have heard of the acronym STEAM? STEAM also emphasizes the sciences, technology, engineering, and math while at the same time acknowledging the importance of integrating the arts in innovation.


Innovation and creativity go together!


Here are some interesting facts found in an article written by Erik Robelen in Edweek:

  • “Nobel laureates in the sciences were 22 times more likely than scientists in general to be involved in the performing arts.”

  • “Albert Einstein was an accomplished violinist.”

  • Leonardo da Vinci was a sculptor, painter, scientist, engineer, and an inventor.


To learn more about the STEAM movement here are some resources LINK.


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